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It is the 3D visualiser’s job to bring the architect’s ideas to life, taking plans, architectural illustrations and other reference materials and using these to produce photo-realistic 3D images or animations of proposed buildings and developments.


Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £38,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

It is the 3D visualiser’s job to bring the architect’s ideas to life.

What they do

For a 3D Visualiser/Specialist it means taking plans, architectural illustrations and other reference materials. These are then used to produce photo-realistic 3D images or animations of proposed buildings and developments.

Who do they work with?

3D visualisers/specialists work closely with architects to understand their designs – both interior and exterior – and make sure these are reflected as accurately and attractively as possible. They do this by creating 3D visuals and animations to show clients and the wider project team. 

Why are these important?

These visuals/animations can be used to:

  • Communicate ideas to clients
  • Help the public and councillors understand the proposals during the planning process – assisting planning decisions
  • Help the project team visualise the final build
  • Sell properties to potential buyers which may assist with project funding

Some projects will involve "still" representations, while others may use animations and CGI (computer generated imagery) that allow people to ‘fly through’ a development

As a 3D visualiser/specialist, you would be:

  • Working closely with architectural and design teams
  • Making sure their ideas are represented as accurately and attractively as possible
  • Working with industry-standard design tools
  • Visualising concepts in various graphic mediums
  • Keeping up to date with software advances
  • Presenting and explaining visuals to colleagues and clients

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained 3D visualisers/specialists can earn in the region of £17,000-£25,000
  • Trained with experience 3D visualisers/specialists can earn in the region of £24,000-£30,000
  • Senior, chartered or master 3D visualisers/specialists can earn in the region of £29,000-£35,000

Your construction salary will typically range depending on location, employer and level of responsibility.

A career in a design/visualisation role will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday. But like many other construction jobs there may be occasions when it is necessary to work late to meet competition and submission deadlines, particularly in more senior roles.


 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

There are a number of routes that can lead to construction careers in 3D visualisation, but most positions will require a degree or equivalent in 3D design, graphic design, architectural visualisation or similar.

Do I need any previous experience?

You will also need to be experienced in relevant design software such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max and VRay (there are many others), as well as programmes such as Adobe Photoshop, Premier and other graphic or rendering software.

Want to find out more?

Try our Matching Service for work experience opportunities in your local area, with new opportunities being added on a regular basis. 

Looking for a vacancy?

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Career trends and forecasts

16690 additional staff

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additiona l1690 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes 3D visualiser/specialists), every year for the period 2017 - 2021.

The majority of the demand for these construction jobs will be in the South East, followed by Greater London, and Yorkshire and Humber.

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